UK Retail Sales jump in May


UK Retail Sales jump in May

Sterling rose a quarter of a percent this morning before any data, cementing some modest gains notched up this week. British retail sales jumped for the second month in a row in May, far outstripping expectations as a royal wedding and warm weather helped shoppers put a winter slump further behind them, data showed this […]

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UK Construction picks up in May

Markets appear relieved that the Italian political situation has stabilised (at least for now), and do not seem overly concerned with escalating trade disputes. Italy’s new government will face a confidence vote in the two Houses today, which is expected to be an easy win. Following Friday’s stronger-than-expected manufacturing PMI, further insight into domestic activity […]

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ECB Meeting Today

The main economic event today is the ECB policy announcement at 12:45BST, followed by the press conference with President Mario Draghi at 13:30BST. No changes to interest rates or the asset purchase programme (€30bn/month) are expected. At the last meeting in March, the ECB removed its easing bias on asset purchases but kept the end […]

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Sterling hits a 2 week low

Sterling slipped to a two-week low against the dollar and Euro as investors questioned whether the Bank of England would raise interest rates in May following weaker-than-expected economic data and cautious comments from governor Mark Carney. The pound has been one of the best performing major currencies in 2018 and last week surged to its […]

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Morning Report

British house prices unexpectedly fell in December compared with November, their first decline in six months, mortgage lender Halifax said on Monday, adding to signs of weakness in the country’s housing market since the 2016 Brexit vote. British Prime Minister Theresa May said that she would announce changes to her ministerial team soon, with media […]

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Sterling flat today

Sterling is trading flat today the after British economic growth for the third quarter was left unchanged and the year-on-year number was slightly higher, with traders avoiding big positions before the holiday period. Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) said economic growth for the July to September was 0.4 percent, unchanged from the previous reading […]

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The week ahead

GBPEUR exchange rates hit 1.1490 while GBPUSD exchange rates went above 1.35 on Friday morning following the UK Government managing to sort out the Irish border issues and beginning negotiations for Brexit. These exchange rates lasted around 2 hours until EU officials stated that trade negotiations could not officially begin until Brexit was done (2019) […]

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Sterling rises against the Euro before Brexit summit

Last week was relatively positive for Sterling exchange rates after surpassing 1.34 against the U.S Dollar and 1.13 against the Euro. The main reasons for this were instability in the U.S in reference to the new Tax bill by Trump and positive news from Brexit negotiations. The markets reacted positively to the U.K deciding on […]

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Pound hits a 2 and a half week high

The pound was up this morning hitting a 2 and a half week high against most currencies, due to the Brexit news over the weekend being interpreted as positive, Germany election shambles and the US investigations. Britain will submit proposals on how to settle its divorce bill with the European Union before an EU summit […]

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UK Data surprisingly better than expectations

The pound recouped some of yesterday’s losses this morning as the Manufacturing and Industrial data came in slightly stronger than expectations this morning. Surprisingly the industrial data increased at its fastest pace over the last month also the trade balance data came in stronger. However, there was a big downturn with the data from the […]

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